We’ve been around for a while, but we’ll try to keep it brief. The past is prologue, or so they say. So best to just get on with it.
Jed Morey founded the company in 2002 as an offshoot of the Morey Organization, which owned and operated radio stations since 1987. At the time, the company also owned and operated a concert and catering venue on Long Island within the radius of its New York broadcast properties. Cell phones and social media hadn’t yet taken over the world, people still read newspapers and listened to the radio. Things were hunky dory.
The publishing division was originally created as a complement to the company’s flagship radio station, 92.7 WLIR. For those who grew up in New York during the 80’s and 90’s, WLIR needs no introduction. For the uninitiated, WLIR was the country’s first alternative rock station – or “New Wave” as it was called back then. Duran Duran, The Cure, Depeche Mode, The Smiths. Later, Nirvana, Pearl Jam, No Doubt. WLIR was more than a radio station; it was a lifestyle.
Morey Publishing was formed in 2002 to launch an alternative newspaper to complement WLIR. The Press was essentially the Village Voice of Long Island. An alternative to the mainstream media. Though it was a completely different business model, the spirit was essentially the same. It made sense that the alternative radio company of record in New York would have an alternative publication.